For the past few months I have been trying my best to practice a version of minimalism that I feel comfortable with and, I'll admit, it's been hard. I'd grown up thinking that when you started to make your own money you could buy whatever you wanted and be happy. But, as anyone with money will tell you, it doesn't always make you happy. Once your base needs are met anything extra seems to create a void in people that needs to be filled with stuff and most of the time we yearn for the most satisfying: food and shiny things.
'Newness' is presented to us in so many ways and almost always made out to look like something good. But what about when those new things begin to overpower your life? They are no longer necessary, but a statement of status and used to make us feel like the time and energy we put into jobs we don't like are worth it. When we make happiness tangible it becomes harder to separate things from people in our perspective of what love is.
I have struggled with all of this for a while now and have realized that I can never be a hard-core minimalist the way some people out there are. I enjoy trying to new things (even if they are products) and will sometimes splurge on something I desperately want. However, I have become much more aware of the things I am buying and have found that listing all the items I'm lusting after and letting them sit in my mind for a bit let's me figure out what items I genuinely want and what items I'm interested in because of fads or the itch for something new.
I thought it would be fun to devote a post every month to the few things that have cropped up on my list as I mull over what attracted me to them and how they might benefit me if I did end up buying them.
TOO FACED SHADOW INSURANCE
When I first started getting into makeup I always gravitated to eyeshadows and eyeliner, but I didn't know that there was such a thing as eye primer. So, I spent most of my late teens and early university days with oily eyelids and creased shadow, thinking there was nothing I could really do about it. Flash forward to 2015 when I was gifted a sample of the Urban Decay eye primer from Sephora and it completely changed my eyeshadow game. It's all I've been using and since I'm almost out of my full sized version of it I thought it would be good to test out another brand and see how it works in comparison. I'm looking for something a bit lighter and not as sticky as Urban Decay's, but with the same capabilities.
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD FOUNDATION
If you've read any of my previous makeup posts you'll know I'm not the biggest fan of liquid foundation and usually opt for a tinted face powder from MAC. However, I have been trying to find a lightweight foundation that's a bit moisturizing for the winter months as powders tend to dry out my skin when it's cold out. I've heard such great things about Make Up For Ever HD and even got a sample from Sephora in hopes that it'll be the right one for me and become another Holy Grail product.
As I've been getting more into blogging and photography for my blog, I've realized how much easier the entire process would be if I had a wireless remote for my camera. Any pictures of me on here are taken by me with the timer set. I usually have to take about a dozen before I get one that is in focus, steady, and where I'm not making a weird face.
There's a common denominator in most of my favourite bloggers and that's interesting backgrounds for their flat lay photography. I've been using this technique more often on my own blog and I'm loving being able to create a scene with just a few props and products. However, I'm having a bit of difficulty changing up my backgrounds and figured a stop by Home Depot would be great for finding a few floor or marble samples for this purpose. Ideally I would have a few different backgrounds in rotation so that not all my photos and flat lays look exactly the same.
What is on your lust list and why?